Before Surgery

Put your mind at east before your pet has surgery.

Our Process at NHS Spay & Neuter Center

Put your mind at ease before and after your pet has surgery by reading about our process.

Before Surgery

Prior to bringing your pet in for surgery, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.

Without Food
  • Please make sure that your pet (over four months of age) does not eat after midnight.
  • Pets four months of age and younger may eat up until 6 a.m.
  • All pets may have water up until their appointment time. 
Check in:
  • Check-in is from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. Due to a large number of animals coming in each day, please be prompt.  A late fee will be assessed for clients arriving after 8am.  Clients arriving after 8am may be asked to reschedule.  
  • Check-in generally takes 10 to 15 minutes, so please plan accordingly.
  • If you prefer, you can pick up the paperwork and complete it prior to your appointment. 
  • For the safety of your pet, dogs must come in on leash and cats must be in a carrier.
  • If you do not have a carrier, you may purchase a cardboard carrier from us for $5 to get your cat from the car into the center.
Rabies Vaccinations:
  • By law, all pets 12 weeks of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies.
  • If your pet has been vaccinated, please bring the rabies vaccination certificate along with you to your appointment.
  • If you are unable to provide proof of current rabies vaccination, our veterinarian will administer a rabies vaccine to your pet.  Additional charges apply. 
Payments:
  • We accept cash or credit/debit cards.
  • Sorry, we do not accept checks.
Check Out/ Cats held over night:
  • Dogs are ready for pick up the day of surgery between 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cats are picked up the day AFTER surgery from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
  • If your cat is having surgery on Thursday, pick up will be between 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. the same day.
  • In the event the appointment list is completed early, you may be contacted and offered same day pick up.  This service is not gaurnteed and is dependant on workload.  
Tattoo:
  • Your pet will receive a small green tattoo near the site of the incision. Having a tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will readily see that a spay or neuter has been performed.